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The Voice: Contestants' contract means Nine can eliminate them at any time


The Voice EXCLUSIVE: Contestants’ strict contract means Nine can eliminate them at any time – even if they’re ‘winning’ with the public

Every year, The Voice Australia gives undiscovered singers the chance to win a $100,000 cash prize and a record contract with EMI.

But taking part in the competition comes at a price, as all the contestants must sign a lengthy contract that allows producers to send them home at any time.

Daily Mail Australia understands that Channel Nine can eliminate a singer from the show at a whim, even if they are popular with the public.

Deal with the devil? Taking part in The Voice comes at a price, as all the contestants must sign a contract that allows producers to send them home at any time. Pictured: Adam Ludewig

Deal with the devil? Taking part in The Voice comes at a price, as all the contestants must sign a contract that allows producers to send them home at any time. Pictured: Adam Ludewig

While it’s not known if the competition will introduce a public voting system this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show’s original contract states that Nine has the right to overrule the viewers’ decision.

This gives the network the freedom to steer the reality show in any direction.

By signing the contract, the contestants also agree they have no control over how they are portrayed on screen.

It's not a popularity contest! Daily Mail Australia understands the show's original contract states that Nine has the right to overrule the public vote. Pictured: Kelly Rowland

It’s not a popularity contest! Daily Mail Australia understands the show’s original contract states that Nine has the right to overrule the public vote. Pictured: Kelly Rowland

Furthermore, the production company has the right ‘to change the rules’ at any time.

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This was demonstrated during the 2020 season when Guy Sebastian ignored the rules by turning his chair for a singer during the Blinds when he already had a full team.

Contestants are also prohibited from telling anyone the details of their contract. 

Rigged: Furthermore, the production company has the right 'to change the rules' at any time

Rigged: Furthermore, the production company has the right ‘to change the rules’ at any time

Meanwhile, the contract protects Nine, ITV and the producers from possible legal action.

The Voice UK’s participation agreement, which is believed to be similar to the Australian one, states that applicants who have prior contractual arrangements in place are subject to disqualification.

It comes after ousted contestant Bukhu Ganburged revealed he was ‘relieved’ to have been sent home from the competition. 

'Breached': This was demonstrated during the 2020 season when Guy Sebastian ignored the rules by turning his chair for a singer during the Blinds when he already had a full team

‘Breached’: This was demonstrated during the 2020 season when Guy Sebastian ignored the rules by turning his chair for a singer during the Blinds when he already had a full team 

The Mongolian throat singer had lost his place in Team Guy following his duet with Johnny Manuel.

He told Daily Mail Australia last month: ‘I’m just so happy with my past, because I’ve already set up my music career and don’t really care about [The Voice]’.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine and ITV for comment. 

Gamble: By signing the contract, the contestants also agree they have no control over how they are portrayed on screen. Pictured from left: Boy George, Delta Goodrem, Darren McMullen, Renee Bargh, Guy Sebastian and Kelly Rowland

Gamble: By signing the contract, the contestants also agree they have no control over how they are portrayed on screen. Pictured from left: Boy George, Delta Goodrem, Darren McMullen, Renee Bargh, Guy Sebastian and Kelly Rowland

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